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Monday, March 02, 2009 margaret davis, Community Member, asks

Q: what is the difference between anxiety and feeling nervous?

what is the difference between anxiety and feeling nervous?

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
3/ 2/09 7:04pm



Thank you for your question and welcome to AnxietyConnection.com.


Everyone feels nervous from time to time and usually when something important is going to happen, such as having to speak in public or an important meeting. This normally happens shortly before the event and once the event is over, the feeling of nervousness goes as well.


In anxiety, however, the person feels intense and irrational fear, often without an apparent reason. Many times the fear does not come from a threat but can cause someone great distress and sometimes cause the person to feel paralyzed. In addition, anxiety often has physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling or nausea.


To learn more about anxiety:


Understanding Anxiety


I hope this helps.





suesue, Community Member
7/12/09 1:53am

Nervous is sligt tendion to what will or might come to be.


Tension is a constant worrying about what may or may not happen with a large

knot in the middle of my chest which may times includes shallow beathing and lightheadedness.

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By margaret davis, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 03/02/09